View Full Version : Picking the RIGHT dehydrator???
04-30-2011, 06:42 PM
hello from nc
i recently have changed my lifestyle when it comes to nutrition and realize that a dehydrator is a must in my kitchen.
i have done some research and am looking to buy a dehydrator that is reliable and doesnt have harmful effects (plastic trays being heated up and releasing into the foods). i am leaning towards the EXCALIBUR 3926T with the timer.
does anyone have this particular model and if so, are there any pros or cons i should know about it (coming from first hand experienced forum goers on here!) before i purchase it? i believe i can get one for about $150 but i want to be sure that there are no surprises when i get it. i am new to dehydrating and i am about 3weeks into my 40% raw diet (approx). i have heard about the thermometer being a little off in the dehydrator?
i cant wait to see how the fruit turns out.
please feel free to give me all open opinions! thanks again :excited:
04-30-2011, 06:47 PM
The dehydrator is a good one. I personally don't care if there is a timer or not as the timing of things NEVER seems to be the same - and hours don't seem to matter much as far as being 'over done'.
As for the jerky, you may be 40% RAW, but this is a raw vegan forum... That being said, your dehydrator will come with a book of recipes. Also many available on line.
04-30-2011, 07:38 PM
As for the jerky, you may be 40% RAW, but this is a raw vegan forum...
can i still be a part of this forum even though i eat meat?
i am still open to new ideas on here :)
04-30-2011, 07:59 PM
This is a raw vegan forum. We don't care what you choose to eat but you cannot discuss eating animal products on this forum.
04-30-2011, 08:19 PM
I just bought that exact dehydrator, switching from a Nesco one. The Excalibur one is far better than the Nesco. It seems to me that the Excalibur one heats up more than the Nesco did, but since I only set it at 95 max, I doubt it's getting hot enough to make the food not raw. I really like everything about the Excalibur. The only very slight drawbacks I can think of are that it's quite a bit larger than the Nesco, and I do wish they'd put hinges on the door instead of having to take the whole door off. I have been very pleased with everything I've dehydrated inside the Exalibur, so I think you'll be fine to purchase that model. Keep in mind that you'll want the sheets that come with it... they have some specials on their website that include them.
04-30-2011, 08:41 PM
thanks speltrong. i think im gonna act on that
05-11-2011, 09:49 PM
Ebay has a few of these listed as commercial dehydrators- they look good, but I cannot find company on the internet. Here is some of the info:
LISTED AS : New Digital Large 10 Tray Food Jerky Fruit Dehydrator
New MTN kitchenwareTM Commercial 10 Tray Vegetable /fruit/Jerky Dehydrator
800W Powerful Motor!! Most Powerful dehydrator Motor on the Market !!!
MTN Commercial Grade Vegi/Fruit/Jerky Dehydrator
Commercial Grade Dehydrator
Adjustable Thermostat (85º-155º),
Dehydrated Food can keep longer and lighter to carry around
Each tray receives its own air
All trays are made of a durable polycarbonate
Easy to clean up
Very fast drying times (no tray rotation needed)
Horizontal drying provides even drying, eliminating tray rotations.
Square design increases drying area "25%" with no holes in center of tray.
Complete drying system in rear. (includes thermostat and fan)
Dehydrator Size: 20" x 19" x 15"
Food Tray Size: 14" x 12.5"
I am curious if anyone has any experience or knows anyone that has this one. I have never seen it mentioned. It sounds good, has a metal frame, less expensive than the Excaliber and sounds like it has good features, but I have never used a dehydrator and don't know anyone who has one, so not sure of what to look for. I would most likely put in laundry room due to size and noise, so noise level not real important.
I am trying to restart a raw diet. I only tried for a short time a couple years ago, but didn't stick with it and now my health is requiring some major changes!
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